Brooklyn may get a brand-new 5-mile subway line

But not anytime soon

TRD New York /
Apr.April 26, 2015 10:30 AM

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to see a new subway line in Brooklyn.

In his outline for his new mobility plan “OneNYC,” de Blasio called for a study to investigate the feasibility of a subway line down the Utica Avenue corridor of Brooklyn. The mayor called this part of NYC “one of the densest areas of the city without direct access to the subway.” 

 

As noted in the New York Times, this isn’t the first time the idea of running the subway down Utica Ave has been proposed. It was included in subway expansion plans from 1910s, 1920s, and re-introduced as recently as the 1970s

Though it’s not a new idea, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University Mitchell Moss told The Times that “no one expected” this announcement for the mayor.

It’s still unclear how this expansion would take shape – whether it would branch off the 4 train from the Eastern Parkway line; or the A or C trains from the Fulton St line (or another proposal altogether).

Another big question is: Who would pay for this rather large project, when the MTA – who would be responsible for the project – has an awful track record for finishing capital projects on budget? That’s not to mention the astronomical $15 billion budget gap in the MTA’s funding, which would already likely mean a large cut in MTA’s proposed capital improvement projects.

It would also take a big chunk of time.

“It’s obviously an idea that will take more than a decade to be carried out,” Moss said. “But you have to start with an idea.”


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's Andrew Berman (Photos via Getty; iStock; Neighbor2Neighbor Greenwich Village)

Move over, artists: Soho rezoning blueprint calls for more apartments, legal retail

Move over, artists: Soho rezoning blueprint calls for more apartments, legal retail
City’s new Open Storefronts program will allow shop owners to sell their wares on sidewalks (Getty)

NYC to allow store owners to sell wares on sidewalks

NYC to allow store owners to sell wares on sidewalks
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (iStock)

Manhattan theaters sue Cuomo, de Blasio over Covid restrictions

Manhattan theaters sue Cuomo, de Blasio over Covid restrictions
A view of the Wise Towers at 117 West 90th Street (Google Maps)

Tension rises as public housing gets private management

Tension rises as public housing gets private management
New York City council member Margarate Chin, Mayor Bill de Blasio and council member Carlina Rivera (Getty; iStock)

Why the Soho rezoning will pass — and Gowanus, too

Why the Soho rezoning will pass — and Gowanus, too
City Planning commissioner Marisa Lago and Governors Island (Getty)

Governors Island rezoning process is underway

Governors Island rezoning process is underway
(Getty)

MTA proposes percentage-based rent payments for Grand Central retailers

MTA proposes percentage-based rent payments for Grand Central retailers
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty, iStock)

The battle to rezone Soho is just beginning

The battle to rezone Soho is just beginning
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...